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Attorney Ginny Conley of Conley Law Office, PLLC in Parkersburg, West Virginia helps people who have been injured in automobile accidents, from a defective product, or other instances of negligence or wrongful conduct of another which has caused serious personal injury or wrongful death.
Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious physical injuries or death. A sudden impact can cause whiplash, resulting in a spinal cord injury and permanent paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia. Some cars, especially vans and SUVS, may rollover in an accident and the resulting roof crush can cause traumatic brain Injury (TBI) or death. In any accident, there is the risk of explosion or vehicle fire, causing severe burns that may require multiple surgeries over years and a long period of painful rehabilitation. If the negligent driver is behind the wheel of a semi-truck or if the victim is riding a motorcycle, the results are nearly always catastrophic to the injured party.
Serious car accidents are tragic and horrific events, causing not only painful injuries but often long-term or permanent additional expenses and challenges at work, home and in daily living. Having to bear these burdens and expenses only adds to the unfair and unjust nature of your experiences.
Personal Injury Damages and Comparative Fault
If you are injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, such as in an automobile accident, the law allows you to hold the negligent driver responsible and recover for the damage caused to you. Recoverable damages include the property damage to your vehicle, present and future medical expense, including costs of rehabilitation; present and future lost wages due to time you missed from work or if your injuries limit your ability to work or earn in the future, and the pain and suffering the accident has caused you to endure.
Obtaining the compensation to which you may be entitled is not automatic or guaranteed, however. As the plaintiff in a personal injury case, you are required to prove the nature and extent of your injuries and prove that they were caused by the defendant’s negligence. The defendant, meanwhile, usually represented by the insurance company’s lawyers, will try to convince the jury that your own negligence caused the accident or injury. The jury may assign a portion of the responsibility for the accident to each driver. If you are found to be 50% or more at fault, then you cannot recover, but so long as the other driver is found to be more responsible than you, you can still recover that portion of the defendant’s negligence which caused your injuries.
Many personal injury lawyers only think about how to prove the negligence of the other driver and how to defend against claims that their own client is negligent. At the Conley Law Office, we understand that driver negligence is not always the sole cause of an accident. There are many ways in which one or both vehicles may have been defectively designed or defectively manufactured which caused the accident or contributed to the severity of the injury. For instance, bad brakes can cause a collision, or a rollover could occur due to a faulty vehicle design or tires manufactured improperly. Other product defects may cause more serious injuries than would otherwise have occurred. Dangerous vehicle designs can also cause fires and explosion, even from relatively minor impacts, when electrical lines are placed too close to fuel lines. Malfunctioning seat backs, seat belts and airbags can also turn minor accidents into major injuries.
Experienced Attorney Devoted to Your Recovery
The Conley Law Office is qualified to handle all types of motor vehicle accidents and other cases of negligence or wrongful conduct, including product liability cases in the context of car crashes or other defective products from cleaning chemicals to power tools. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, contact the Conley Law Office, PLLC for a free consultation.